Lost or stolen ADI badge

You must contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) straight away to:

  • tell them that your approved driving instructor (ADI) badge has been lost or stolen
  • request a replacement badge

You cannot give driving lessons until you have a replacement.

When you contact DVSA, you’ll need to give them:

  • your crime reference number if your badge was stolen - you can get this by contacting the police
  • permission to use the photo from your photocard driving licence (otherwise you’ll need to post them a passport-style photograph)

It costs £3 to replace a lost or stolen badge.

DVSA ADI registration\
Telephone: 0300 200 1122 (press the 2-digit fast track code)
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

You must send your old badge to DVSA if you find it later.

  1. Step 1 Check if you can become an instructor

  2. Step 2 Apply to become a driving instructor

    You must get a new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to start your application, even if you already have one.

    1. Get a DBS check £6
    2. Start your application
  3. Step 3 Get a trainer

    Get a registered trainer to help you prepare for the 3 qualifying tests.

    1. Find driving instructor training courses
  4. Step 4 Take the theory test (ADI part 1)

    1. Revise and practise for your test
    2. What you need for your test
    3. Find a theory test centre
    4. Book your test £81

    Once you've passed the theory test, you must pass the other parts of the test within 2 years or you'll have to start the whole process again.

  5. Step 5 Take the driving ability test (ADI part 2)

  6. Step 6 Get practice teaching

    If you’ve passed ADI part 2 you have the option to apply for a 6 month trainee licence to get experience teaching students.

    1. Find out about trainee instructor licences
    2. Apply for a trainee instructor licence £140
  7. Step 7 Take the instructional ability test (ADI part 3)

  8. Step 8 Register and start working as an instructor

    Once you've passed the tests you must register within 12 months.

    1. Register for your first ADI certificate £300

    When you have your certificate you can start charging for lessons. You can either:

    You'll have at least one standards check every 4 years. You also need to renew your registration and get a new DBS check every 4 years.

    1. Find out about ADI standards checks
    2. Renew your registration £300
    3. Improve your skills as an instructor